It Can Impact Anyone: Experts, Community Members Discuss Need For Affordable Housing


Foundation: Arizona Community Foundation

credit: Flickr

"This is not an aberration. Until we deal with these, we are always going to have this problem." That from Rashad Shabazz, an Arizona State University professor, and housing expert who spoke Wednesday at the Arizona Republic's "Finding Home" event in Tempe, which focused on the state's housing crisis.

The problem, the Republic reports, is that there's simply not enough affordable housing to meet the state's needs, with an additional 270,000 units needed across the state.

In Maricopa County, the state's most populous, 44% of renters are cost-burdened - meaning they spend more than a third of their income on housing - compared to 20% of homeowners, says Ashlee Tziganuk, a research fellow at the Morrison Institute for Public Policy.

"The reality is people are very much struggling on a personal level," she says, adding that renters are much more likely to be cost-burdened than homeowners.

The issue isn't limited to Arizona, the Washington Post reports, noting that the national median rent for a one-bedroom apartment is $2,755, and in Phoenix, the median rent for a two-bedroom apartment is $3,080.

The housing market was constructed to serve upper- and middle-class white homebuyers, Shabazz said.

Early mortgage lending was limited to white borrowers, allowing white families to accumulate wealth through homeownership for generations.

The same opportunity was not accessible to people of color, he said. Allowing housing to be dictated by market-force development has also led to scarcity and a dramatic increase in costs, Shabazz said, creating the acute need for affordable housing that is being felt across the country.“These two fundamental flaws were always going to lead us to this point,” he said.
Read the Entire Article


Selected Grant News Headlines

A customized collection of grant news from foundations and the federal government from around the Web.

Hazel Miller Foundation Donates $250K To Lynnwood Neighborhood Center

"Growing pockets of extensive poverty in South Snohomish County have a debilitating impact on the health, well-being, and vibrancy of the whole community." So reads a press release from the Hazel...more

Westchester Jewish Coalition For Immigration Receives Grants To Resettle Ukrainian Refugees

More than 100,000 Ukrainians have applied to resettle in the US since the country's civil war broke out in 2014, and more than 40,000 of them have now arrived in New York, the New York Times...more

Black Philanthropy Circle Awards $250K To 10 Baltimore Organizations
Foundation: Baltimore Community Foundation

"We want to be a bridge, not a chasm, extending our networks and our resources," says Savonne Ferguson, a co-founder of the Black Philanthropy Circle fund, which last week awarded a total of $250,000...more

Meeting with Department of Justice Officials to Address Memphis Violent Crime

Rep. Marsha Blackburn is making headlines for a Facebook post in which she urges people to stop using single-use plastics. In it, the Republican from Tennessee says she met with top Justice...more

Program To Reimburse Nonprofits For Expenses Related To Jackson Water Crisis

Nonprofits in Jackson, Miss., affected by the city's water crisis have a chance to get some relief. The Community Foundation for Mississippi says it will provide up to $2,000 mini-grants to help...more

Relocation Team Has Found Apartments For Remaining Forest Cove Residents
Foundation: Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

In December, an Atlanta judge condemned the Forest Cove apartment complex, ordering its 210 tenants to evacuate by March 1 and for the complex's owner, Millennia Housing Management, to tear it down...more

Centering Restorative Justice In Health Innovation

"We're going to be talking about centering restorative justice within health innovation and I'm really quite honored to be joined by you all who are policymakers, whether you're tech innovators or...more

Op-ed: Stop The Political Attacks On Silicon Valley Nonprofits

"Disparagement of nonprofit workers is disheartening, disrespectful, and just plain wrong." That's the opinion of the CEO of the Health Trust of Silicon Valley in San Jose, Calif., after a number of...more

BRCF Announces 2022 Racino Grant Recipients
Foundation: Blue River Community Foundation

Since 2010, Shelbyville and Shelby County have supported a grant program using Racino revenue. They understand that many Shelbyville and Shelby County groups strive to improve our community and...more

$7.5 Million Wells Fargo Grant Helps Increase Home Ownership For People Of Color

"For black people, there is a double standard," Monica Montgomery Steppe says. "We, as a city and as a nation, are facing it for what it is." The San Diego Housing Commission on Wednesday...more






In the world of social enterprises, failure is a cringe-worthy moment nobody wants to talk about. But, social entrepreneurs can benefit from their failures.




Social Services Jobs in North Carolina

  Social Services Jobs
  Foundation Related Jobs
  Social Work Jobs
  Executive Director Jobs
  Substance Abuse Jobs


Federal Government Grant and Assistance Programs


Hazardous Waste Management State Program Support | Law Enforcement Assistance_FBI Advanced Police Training | Transportation Services | Chesapeake Bay Watershed Program | Rail and Transit Security Grant Program (ARRA) | Surface Transportation _ Discretionary Grants for Capital Investment | Homeland Security Award | Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases Extramural Research | | Site Style by YAML | Grants.gov | Grants | Grants News | Sitemap | Privacy Policy

Edited by: Michael Saunders

© 2008-2022 Copyright Michael Saunders